As a standard unit of measure today, it's pretty much obsolete, but it's still used to measure the distance thoroughbred horses run in a given race.
Easton, PA (PRWEB) June 07, 2013
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Executive Editor Gary Korb has authored an educational piece on the definition of a furlong, a measurement used to determine the distance thoroughbred horses run in Triple Crown races like the Belmont Stakes. Though it’s not often used outside the sport, he argues for the usefulness of knowing the origin of the term – “even if you only use it to win a silly bar bet.”
“Chances are you know how big your property is in acres, square yards or feet, but do you know how big it is in furlongs?” Gary notes that as the sport of horseracing is winding down to the third leg of the Triple Crown, “you've probably hear that word used a lot. As a standard unit of measure today, it's pretty much obsolete, but it's still used to measure the distance thoroughbred horses run in a given race.”
He explains the origin of the term “furlong” as coming from two Old English words: furh ("furrow"), and lang ("long"). In medieval times, Korb’s research has shown, people farmed on communal fields that were divided into long strips of land. “Each strip was a furlong in length, or the length of the furrow in one acre of a plowed, open field.” Using this real-life example as a mathematical starting point, he wonders, “Could the connection to farming be the reason it's still used for horseracing? And how long is a furlong, anyway?
Gary then goes on to identify the connection between horseracing and farming, and to define the methodology used to determine the measurement.
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